OSU to Host Outdoor Living Space Design Workshop

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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Homeowners looking for creative ideas for designing functional outdoor spaces should plan to attend the Outdoor Living Space Design Workshop in June in Stillwater.

The three-part workshop will provide participants with a hands-on learning experience on outdoor residential living spaces, said Qing Luoassociate professor at Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Oklahoma State University and landscape architecture specialist OSU Extension. Participants are required to attend all three sessions.

“In addition to learning how to design a functional outdoor space, I will share my expertise with the class on organizing spaces such as your patio, deck, pool, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, shade structure , your seats, your water feature, your landscaping and gardens,” Luo said. “This course will focus on space planning and design elements, not specific plants or their placement.”

Workshops are held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 3, June 10, and June 17 at the OSU-Stillwater campus. Registration is $95 for all three sessions and must be submitted by May 31. The workshop is limited to 20 participants and is open to anyone interested in design and creativity. No prior design knowledge is required. Each day includes a one-hour lunch break. Lunch is not provided.

Participants will gain experience and knowledge in design theory, drafting, design process and material options.

“The outdoor space is truly an extension of the house and should reflect your style. It’s so much more than a picnic table and some potted plants,” she said. “A well-designed space can serve as a place for entertaining family and friends, as well as a dining room or a peaceful place to relax and unwind.”

Luo said being in nature is one of the best ways to improve health and reduce stress. A well-designed outdoor living space provides the perfect opportunity to spend more time outdoors.

Following registration, participants will receive a confirmation email. A second email will be sent once the credit/debit card has been charged. For more information, contact Luo at [email protected]